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Police suspect street racing in crash that hospitalized two for weeks

TAMPA — Police believe street racing led to a crash that has kept two men in the hospital for two weeks. They hope witnesses will step forward to explain what happened.

Vaughan Luketich, 29, was speeding Dec. 14 while eastbound on Busch Boulevard, police said. Luketich lost control of the 2003 Mitsubishi Evolution about 12:30 a.m. just east of North Oakleaf Avenue. The car hit a power pole on the south side of Busch, sparking a small fire at a nearby business.

The car then rolled through a dry retention pond and hit a tree. Police found Luketich trapped inside the mangled car. Passenger Robert Genever, 27, was found outside of the car.

Both men were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital for their injuries. They are in serious condition.

Police would not explain why they suspect Luketich was racing. They said people in a white Acura Integra with Type R logos may have seen what happened. Police ask anyone with information to call (813) 231-6130.

Police suspect street racing in crash that hospitalized two for weeks 12/30/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 30, 2010 3:19pm]
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